In This Issue
Hearing Enhancement Devices

Hearing enhancement devices are available during services at the security desk. In addition, there is a Hearing Loop in the Schafler Forum. Please switch hearing aid to T-coil.

Union Field Cemetery

Come visit and learn more about Rodeph Sholom's historic Union Field Cemetery. Discounted fees are available for CRS members. For more information, call our knowledgeable staff at 718-366-3748.

Bereavement Notices 

Click here if you would like to be informed of deaths in our community.
March 5, 2015
Community Engagement
Congregational Wine & Cheese"Pre-Neg"

Friday, March 6th at 5:00PM 
Before Erev Shabbat Services
The Membership Committee invites you to unwind and socialize a bit before Erev Shabbat Services by joining us for a wine and cheese "pre-neg" (like an oneg, except before Shabbat services).

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3051

Cycle for Survival: 

Join the Rodeph Sholom Riders! 


Sunday, March 8th


Cycle for Survival is a national indoor cycling event raising money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To date, Cycle for Survival has raised over $52.8 million; 100% of the money raised is directly allocated to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the events. This year, Rodeph Sholom is riding...and we want you to ride with us. Join Rabbi Laufer and the Rodeph Sholom Riders (accepting suggestions for a team name, too!) for an afternoon of high-energy indoor cycling for a lifesaving cause.  You can pedal hard or hardly pedal-no experience necessary! (you must be 18 to participate)

Contact Rabbi Laufer now 
if you are interested in participating
Lunch Together 
"Kaballah Me"

Remaining dates: Tuesdays, April 14; May 19; June 9

Director of Kabballah Me, CRS Congregant, and RSS Parent, Steven E. Bram embarks on a personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah. Join us for the screening of this remarkable documentary and Q and A afterward with Director, Steven E. Bram.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3039


*Please note the special time.

History of the State of Israel 
From 1948 to the Present
Led by Michael Stanislawski

Tuesday, March 10th from 7:00-9:00PM
Remaining dates: Tuesdays, March 10, 17

This course will introduce participants to the complex and fascinating history of the State of Israel from its founding to the present. It will focus as much on the internal social, political, and religious history of Israel as on its foreign policy, wars, and the ongoing conflict. Read more...

To RSVP and for more information, please contact:
The Complicated Relationship 
Between Jews and Pork
A presentation from the Culinary 
Historians of New York 
Led by Jeffrey Yoskowitz

The Jewish people have had a long, challenging, and often antagonistic relationship with pigs and their forbidden white meat. Read More...


(There will be no actual pork involved at all)

For more information, please contact:
Shireinu Passover Service

Saturday, March 28th at 11:00AM

This Pass0ver Shabbat morning service is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3124
Congregational Passover Seder


Friday, April 3rd following Erev Shabbat Services


Celebrate the first night of Passover with a Congregational Seder led by Rabbi Spratt and Cantor De Lowe.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact:
Calling All Musicians!

Are you a musician? Are you looking for a larger audience or do you just love to play? Do you want to inspire our Israel Parade experience and perform while marching up 5th AvenueIf you said "yes" to any of these questions, then join our mini-marching band that will help accompany the Rodeph Sholom contingent in the Celebrate Israel Parade on Sunday, May 31st! Led by Jack Linder, we are hoping to bring together a small band to play around 5 upbeat Israeli and Jewish tunes. With just a few rehearsals in advance, this will be an easy and fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon celebrating Israel and making music. If you are proficient in an instrument (you can decide for yourselves!) we would love to have you. Specifically looking for horns, percussion, and guitars.

For more information, please contact:
Passover Candy Sale


Sweeten your Seder with chocolate and gifts while raising funds for our Religious Education programs (read more) 

PJ Library

Sign up and share the fun of reading!


Congregation Rodeph Sholom and PJ Library invite you to join in the fun of reading with FREE Jewish children's books and music. Click here to sign up or to receive more information.
Tikkun Olam

CRS Social Action Initiative:



March E-Advocacy: International Violence Against Women Act Re-Introduced in Congress -Last August we introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and encouraged everyone to contact their legislators to vote for this Act.  The I-VAWA will create the position of Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, insuring that women's issues around the world will be a high priority in the State Department.  Now, in 2015, a new Congress has been elected , and I-VAWA must be re-introduced into Committee in the Senate and House of Representatives.   This is due to happen this week (March 2-4).  Click here to contact your representatives to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors. 

Additional Advocacy Opportunity:
A group has formed to work on advocacy for I-VAWA.  We are also looking for congregants who may have family contacts on Long Island in the target districts of Rep. Peter King and Rep. Lee Zeldin.  Please contact if you are interested in joining this active group and/or if you have contacts on Long Island.


On-going E-Advocacy: Sometimes e-advocacy opportunities arise that need quick action; legislative action will occur prior to our ability to inform you in our next monthly e-blast.  If you would like to receive notification of these pressing e-advocacy issues, 

click here  to opt in to a special email action list.  You will receive e-advocacy email alerts on an "as needed" basis (on average twice a month - though sometimes a little more and other times a little less, as needs fluctuate). 

CRS Homeless Shelter 


Please help make sure we have volunteers to welcome guests to our CRS Homeless Shelter, Monday through Friday so that the 8 men who stay with us have a warm place to sleep.  We need volunteers on:

March 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 25, 26, 31, as well as in April through June.  


Sign up for a night today! Bring a friend, volunteer as a family, or we can match you up with a veteran volunteer. Contact for more information. Click here to sign up. Community service hours available. 

Backpack Buddies

Every week during the school year, our Backpack Buddies program provides a targeted group of children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, right on the Upper West Side, with a backpack full of food.  Click here to find out more about the various volunteer opportunities (stocking shelves, packing backpacks, delivery) and to sign up to help.
Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

CRS Walking Group


Tuesdays at 9:15AM (weather permitting)

Meet at CRS


Come walk with us to stay healthy and fit, make new friends or spend time with old ones.  


This group is spearheaded by RSS parents and CRS congregants.  All are welcome!


For more information, please contact:

Jewish Basics

Led by Michal Nachmany


Wednesday, March 11th & 18th from 7:00-8:30PM


Hebrew mini marathons!


To register or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029

Book Club


Thursday, March 12th at 7:00PM

Next date: Thursday, April 9th


We are reading Bride for One Night by Ruth Calderon.  Next month we are reading Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein haLevi


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Mah Jongg
Thursday, March 12th from 1:00-4:00PM
Remaining dates: Thursdays, April 9; May 14; June 11

Are you ready to play?  Do you want to learn?  Whether you're an expert or a novice, come enjoy a few hours of camaraderie (and the "bridge mix")!  Bring your own cards, or purchase them when you arrive.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Sisterhood Kos Kafe
(cup of coffee)

Meet your sisters of all ages from the Congregation to share coffee, light breakfast, and interesting conversation.  We will send you the address when you RSVP (we know, very secretive).

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3101

Personal and Spiritual Pathways 

Through The Psalms

With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, March 20th from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining dates: Fridays,  April 17; May 29  


The Book of Psalms contains expressions of all human experience and multiple manifestations of the ancient search for God's presence. Through the study of Psalms, we will gather for a personal and participatory learning experience, supplemented by poetry and song. 


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3029

How to Raise a Mentsch

The Parenting Discussion Group

Led by Rabbi Spratt, Rabbi Laufer, 

and RSS Parent, Rabbi Erica Gerson


Wednesday, March 25th from 8:45-10:00AM

Remaining dates: Wednesdays, April 22; May 6  


Whether you're thinking about how to bring Shabbat (and other Jewish holidays) to life in your home, or what a gratitude practice with your kids might look like-this monthly group offers an opportunity to ask the big, small, practical, and theoretical questions surrounding parenting in an intimate environment.


To register or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029

Shabbat Study Series: The Festival Megillot


Saturday, March 28th at 12:30PM


The Festival Megillot - selected readings from our Writings that accompany our holidays - offer profound lessons on life, love, relationships, and experiencing "the seasons." Join us for Shabbat afternoon comestibles, camaraderie, and conversation about these texts. No prior knowledge necessary, just interest!

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029

Hebrew Marathon


Sunday, March 29th from 10:00AM-2:00PM


Want to be more comfortable in the prayer service, but feel inhibited because you can't read Hebrew? Have you been meaning to learn the language, but somehow never seem to have the time? Here's a great way to start! Come for an intensive Intermediate Hebrew marathon that will leave you wanting more. Learn the letters and vowels, and by the end of the day, you will be reading Hebrew.

Pre-registration is required, lunch is included.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029

 Hebrew Classes

Taught by Sara Rosen 

Class Levels:

  • Beginning Hebrew Reading 
  • Continuing Hebrew Reading 
  • Beginning/Continuing Modern Hebrew 

Dates and times vary by level.  


To register or for more information (including dates and times), please contact: 

or call 646-454-3029

Are you a member of the Ner Tamid Society? 

Have you made provisions for Rodeph Sholom in your estate planning? Let us know so that we can honor your dedication to this synagogue by inscribing your name on the Ner Tamid Society plaque in the lobby. Your name on the plaque will inspire others to do the same!!

Through planned gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, gift annuities and charitable trusts, you can extend your love of this community to future generations. You or your estate may also receive tax benefits (please consult your financial advisor). 

For more information click here or contact Deborah Siegel at 646-454-3050 or